Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, had his final tuneup for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile; meanwhile, D. Wayne Lukas makes his pick for the Classic.
With Michael Baze up and starting on the inside of Derivative, Mine That Bird stepped the first quarter in :25 and galloped out a half-mile in :50.40.
“I just wanted to sharpen him up, and I think it worked,” trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “Fitness-wise, he is dead fit. But I still don’t know if I have him quick enough.”
Mine That Bird has been in Lukas’ care for five months, but the lack of results have been frustrating to the trainer.
“Yes, it has been frustrating because he has been doing well physically,” Lukas said. “I think it is pretty much mental, and I don’t know if his heart is in racing.”
Lukas, who won the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Gulfstream Park with Cat Thief, was asked if he had handicapped this year’s Classic field. “It’s easy,” Lukas said. “Bet on the filly (Zenyatta) and go to the bank.”
(Edited from track notes)